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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Tizen, quantum dots and 8 things we can expect at CES 2015

    Another year, another slew of conferences and exhibitions taking centre stage in the first quarter of 2015, and kicking off the year in true flash Vegas style is CES. The International Consumer Electronics Show takes place this year between 6 and 9 January, and we're already planning for some massive announcements from some of the biggest names in the tech sphere. Last year (2013) we saw some massive announcements from the likes of Sony and Panasonic's 4K OLED launch, Bill Clinton coming out with support for Samsung (of all companies) and who can forget Nvidia's debut of its "Project Shield" gaming...

  • Unboxing the COUGAR 700M Black Edition gaming mouse [Video]

    There are few gaming peripherals that incite more unneeded fanboyism than the mouse. Glowing in an array of colours, with panels, palm rests and weights the gamer can obsessively tinker with, it's probably the most personal part of a gaming rig too. Now COUGAR, a German peripheral company relatively new to the scene, has launched yet another device gamers can argue about. It's called the COUGAR 700M, and it's now available in sunny South Africa. Read more: COUGAR’s PC gaming peripherals coming to South Africa in December Is it something to get excited about? Well, if you're one for numbers you might...

  • Awear debuts Coffee: Android Wear’s ‘first touch-based’ messaging app

    Android Wear is quite an immature OS by any stretch of the imagination, so simple features like typing and sending messages still hasn't been perfected yet. Silicon Valley company Awear, funded by incubator Studio 9+, has largely solved this issue though with a brilliantly simple and free app. It's called Coffee, and it makes replying to message notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch rather simple, involving no typing and no dictation at all. It's the "first touch-based smart messaging app" for Android Wear, that allows the users to send "hundreds of different type of SMS messages". "With Coffee, you can stay in...

  • BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past

    Did BlackBerry just launch a new phone, or have they found a Bold at the back of a fridge, popped it in the microwave and sprinkled some coriander on top? To me, and probably every other human being, it seems that the Canadian company has just relaunched its past. I'm not exaggerating either. The BlackBerry Classic has a full QWERTY keypad, not the abbreviated version we find on the Passport. It even has a track pad. Yes, the iconic track pad that drove Curve users insane when it used to malfunction. Internally it's a little fresher but it still features a...

  • ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ Patch 4 is huge, even larger for Xbox One users

    Assassin's Creed Unity is one of the buggiest games in recent memory. When I first played it back in September, I thought it was a PS4 glitch that caused the console to choke. After playing the game on Xbox One though, it clearly wasn't just a Sony problem. Unity's essentially a termite mound of pop-in issues, frame-rate hitches and poorly finished graphics on anything lower than ultra (I'm talking PC now, of course), but Ubisoft has released a shiny new patch today that will hopefully fix everyone's moans and groans. At least we hope so. Hilariously though, and perhaps the most...

  • Christmas decorator uses the Force for epic ‘Star Wars’ light show [Video]

    Getting into the holiday spirit? We sure are, and this guy definitely is too. Around this time of year, we usually see the overzealous few put on spectacular lighting shows to annoy their sleeping neighbours and drive their electricity bills skyward, but this is taking it to the awesome extreme. Instead of the customary Santa, Rudolph and company we expect to see in December, this bloke has gone with a more interesting theme -- Star Wars. That's right, even the Sith is allowed to celebrate Christmas. Covering his house and front garden in over 100 000 lights and using 12 500 lighting channels...

  • 6 gadgets and tips to save power and beat load shedding

    "Load shedding" is fast becoming a vulgarity in South African vocabulary. While it's a necessary evil, it's a massive annoyance for those who need electricity for work and other essential activities. Considering that Eskom -- South Africa's national electricity provider -- has mentioned that this energy crisis might go on for a good while yet (possibly another year), it's time for citizens to hunker down and brace for the worst. We here at Gearburn have formulated a little cheat sheet, featuring devices, tips, tricks and hacks that might help you through the problems. Purchase a powerbank and ensure that it's always juiced Right,...

  • ‘Final Fantasy XV’ demo will reward hardcore fans, be super exclusive

    Is it safe to say that Final Fantasy XV is one of the most eagerly anticipated games ever made? I think so. The game was announced by Square Enix back in the Victorian Era, and since then there's been a lot of speculation and hearsay regarding this title. "Will it be made?" was one common thread, but all sources seem to indicate that it's still a very tangible prospect. Frustratingly though, most fans won't be able to play the demo if they don't jump a few hurdles first. Purchasing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector's Edition will guarantee those lucky few a...

  • Torrent the internet with BitTorrent’s ‘Project Maelstrom’ browser

    With the recent upheaval net neutrality has caused and the most popular torrent host, The Pirate Bay, shutting down, it seems more people are gunning for an open, equal internet and content distribution. BitTorrent is one such company and is subsequently building its own way to that goal. Project Maelstrom is "a web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed," the presser notes. Essentially, it works on the principles of the BitTorrent philosophy of distribution to create "an internet powered by people." Don't get me wrong. This browser won't make it easier to...

  • Orange to open physical store in Cape Town early 2015 [Gallery]

    South Africa might not be the biggest world market when it comes to technology adoption or sales, but that doesn't stop companies recognising its potential. After trading online for much of its life in this country, Orange -- the French telecoms giant, renowned for making a name for itself in a variety of tech endeavours  -- is opening its first South African brick and mortar retail store in January 2015. The store will be located in the Cape Town suburb of Claremont, and will be the first of its kind in the country. Orange, along with offering some of the latest...